The Little Epicurean

Jul 24 2014

Stone Fruit Sangria

Stone Fruit Sangria

There are many reasons to love summer.  One reason: lots and lots of sangria.  With stone fruit season in full swing, what better way to enjoy those fruits than with some wine?

Sangria is perfect for summer parties and get-togethers.  It’s one of my favorites because it’s so customizable.  You can adjust the fruits, liquors, and flavors to your mood.  Don’t worry about getting the best wine for sangria.  With all the ingredients you’re adding, there is no point in splurging for the most expensive or tastiest bottle.  A decent table wine will do just fine.  (I found this great bottle of rose at Trader Joe’s for $6!)

Stone Fruit Sangria

Over the years, “sangria” has come to take on new meaning. Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine.  Under European law, only sangria made in Spain or Portugal can be labeled such.  However, here in America, sangria has no limits or bounds.  It can be made with any kind of wine, any fruits and spices, and can even be made without alcohol.  I used a combination of my favorite stone fruits: Rainier cherries, white peaches, white nectarines, and pluots.  Feel free to experiment and use other stone fruits like apricots and plums.

I recently made this stone fruit sangria for my bff’s housewarming party.  It was the perfect drink to accompany our spicy Thai meal.  And after dinner, we had a whole lot of boozy fruit slices to munch on.  (The alcohol soaked fruit is THE BEST part of sangria, in my opinion.)

Jul 22 2014

Jalapeno Cheddar Hot Dog Buns

Jalapeño Cheddar Hot Dog Buns

Soft, pillow-like bread, ooey-gooey cheese, a jalapeño kick and a juicy all beef hot dog. Once a week, I have the exciting task of cleaning out the fridge.  (Not my favorite thing.)  During this time, I take out everything that has been forgotten and pushed aside, and I place it on the kitchen island.  I look at

Jul 21 2014

Blueberry Coconut Ice Pops

Blueberry Coconut Ice Pops

This weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday.  Did you see the olive oil cake with coconut cream cheese frosting and edible flowers I made her?   I’ll be sharing that recipe later this week. Today’s recipe just as special as my mom’s birthday cake.  This vegan/vegetarian dessert is refined sugar-free, dairy-free and soy-free.  I only

Jul 19 2014

72 hours in Kauai

72 hours in Kauai: Hawaii Travel Guide

Aloha, again! This is part two of my Hawaii adventure with my family.  We spent the first three days in Maui and ended our trip in lovely Kauai.  Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and by far the most beautiful.  It is so lush, so green, and so alive. Called “The Island of

Jul 18 2014

72 hours in Maui

72 Hours in Maui // travel guide by The Little Epicurean

Aloha! Two weeks ago, my Instagram feed was bombarded with pictures of my Hawaii trip.  My family and I (and Alex) spent three sunshine filled days in Maui and three lovely days in Kauai.  It was our first time to both islands.  As a kid, my parents took us to Oahu but that way many, many

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